You’ve probably heard of Maverick TV — it’s one of the Kodi addons most commonly recommended for streaming movies. However, despite its popularity, this addon has several major problems. Today, we’ll dive into the Maverick addon and discuss whether it’s worth using, as well as what the alternatives are.
Warning: Kodi should only be used for content to which you have the legal right to access. Neither the Kodi Foundation nor Comparitech advocates the use of Kodi for piracy.
Always use a VPN with Kodi
We strongly recommend using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) with Kodi. That’s because any addon, whether official or third-party, could potentially be hacked, allowing attackers to see what you get up to online. A VPN’s encryption prevents this and also stops your ISP from throttling your speeds if it realizes you’re streaming.
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What is the Kodi Maverick TV Addon? Should you install Maverick?
Maverick TV is just one of several popular addons that scrapes content from third-party websites. In simple terms, this means that you’ll almost always be accessing pirated content. Even setting this issue aside, piracy sites tend to be full of dead links, low-quality streams, and mislabelled files, so you’re not exactly getting the best experience.
Unfortunately, the problems don’t end there. To get Maverick on Kodi, you’ll have to install a third-party repository. There’s no easy way to tell if the one you’re using is safe since it’s fairly common for people to repackage popular Kodi addons with malware because they know they’ll be able to infect a huge number of devices.
We advise you to stay away from Maverick TV and addons like it. Don’t worry, though: there are lots of official alternatives and we’ll list a few of these below.
Best Maverick TV alternatives
Pluto.tv is a free streaming television service which offers a large library of channels as well as on demand movies and TV shows. These are mostly streaming live, replicating the experience of channel surfing from back in the day. That said, there is a small library of on-demand content too.
The Pluto Browser is available in the official Kodi addon repository.
Crackle is a free service which carries several movies and TV shows which you can access through it’s official Kodi addon. You won’t find as many titles as with Tub iTV but there are quality shows available such as Shark Tank and movies like The Interview.
You won’t be able to catch any live TV with Crackle but the available selection is worth checking out. There are some animated titles available as well.
Crackle can be found in the official Kodi addon repository.
BBC iPlayer offers both live and on-demand TV and radio content from the BBC. You can enjoy this service through the iPlayer WWW kodi addon.
This is a great option for catching up with shows such as EastEnders or simply for tuning into live BBC TV or radio.
In order to enjoy content from the BBC iPlayer through iPlayer WWW, you will need a valid UK TV license and a suitable VPN since iPlayer is geolocked to the U.K.
You can find iPlayer WWW in the official Kodi addon repository.
PopcornFlix is mainly geared towards movies and can be found in the official Kodi addon repository.
Accessing the movies is free and they are available across several categories. You will find Sci-Fi, Family and Mystery movies to name a few and some TV shows. Although content is provided for free, you’ll find mainstream titles such as The Last Airbender and Badges of Fury on PopcornFlix.
It should be noted that PopcornFlix is currently only available in the US and Canada, but you can bypass this geo-restriction by connecting to a server in one of the two countries with a VPN.
Adult Swim offers all kinds of content, from classic comedy shows like Robot Chicken to some of the biggest anime hits of recent years. Best of all, it’s completely free to use, with no login required. You will have to be in the US (or connected to an American VPN server) to watch anything, though.
The Adult Swim Kodi addon can be found in the official repo.
Streaming on Kodi: Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use Kodi on my phone?
One of the best things about Kodi is that it works on just about any device you can think of. This includes Android and iOS phones, Firesticks, and even some games consoles. Best of all, there’s minimal differences from one platform to another. As such, any addon that works on your PC should work on your phone as well (provided they’re both running the same version of Kodi).
How do I know if a Kodi addon is legal?
Generally, if an addon is included in the official Kodi repo, you can trust that it pulls content from properly-licensed sources. You’ll often have to log in before you can watch anything, or may only be able to access content that’s freely available from a channel’s website.
In contrast, third-party addons pride themselves on offering access to anything you can think of. This obviously isn’t legal, which is why piracy addons frequently disappear or change repos overnight. As long as you stick to the official Kodi repo, you should be just fine.
Disclaimer: Although we’ve spent hours researching this topic, we are not legal experts. As such, nothing we’ve said above should be taken as legal advice. We encourage you to consult local laws before trying to stream anything via Kodi.
What are the best Kodi addons to install?
This is a tricky question to answer since it depends what kind of content you like. We keep an up-to-date list of our favorite Kodi addons but there are also individual guides in case you’re specifically looking for kid’s shows, sports, movies, or documentaries.